As a part of the Rona-tives programme of alternatives due to COVID19 Restrictions, 323SQN came up with the Remembrance Day at The Unit commemorations.
Due to alternate night parading, 2 FLT supported the 04 Nov and 1 FLT the 11 Nov. CIV Henry Hutchinson arranged for special VIP Guests which included representatives from St Marys, Glenbrook/Blaxland, Springwood and Katoomba RSL Sub-Branches. We also had Federal Member for Parliament Susan Templeman attend her only local Remembrance Day commemoration.
Cadet Flight Sergeant Benedict Zierholz led his catafalque party for 2FLT of CCPL Alex Cacciola, CCPL Costa Alexiou, A/CCPL Hadyn Mitchell and LCDT Elizabeth Rimmer. A/CSGT Kate Roberts and CCPL William Warren held the flags of the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Acting Cadet Sergeant Cameron Ackley led LCDT Declan O’Riordan, LCDT Elizabeth Rimmer, CCPL Costa Alexiou and A/CSGT Kate Roberts during the 1FLT service.
A/CUO Joshua Cunningham led the unit on both occasions alternating with CWOFF Kieran Wright and A/CSGT Cameron Ackley.
A/CUO Thomas Ford read out the ode with prayers read by LCDT Neave McHugh and CDT Claire Van Ommen Kloeke. FLTLT(AAFC) Aaron Whittaker presented to the unit reflecting on the meaning of Remembrance Day, its origin and how it remains relevant to this day.
Of the special guests, 3 Wing Warrant Officer Tony Baldwin thanked the unit for the opportunity to see his only AAFC Remembrance Day event for 2020 and complimented the unit on its appearance and professional attitude to such a commemoration.
CIV Henry Hutchinson took the time to choreograph the event, invite and liaise with various special guests. The event will be repeated again when Remembrance Day falls on a week day. We urge cadets to consider attending the service in future, remember to ask your parents for permission and notify your school. We thank everyone for their amazing work and commitment to commemorating Remembrance Day at the unit.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.”